Traffic blitz leads to 412 tickets and a drug bust
June 25, 2013
More than 400 motorists were ticketed last week during a traffic safety blitz focusing on cellphone and seatbelt use while driving.
Operation Hang Up, Buckle Up took place June 19 and 20 across the province. It was held in conjunction with a Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP) event in Kindersley. STEP is an SGI-sponsored, multi-police agency traffic safety enforcement event. Combined, these efforts resulted in a total of 412 tickets, including:
- 30 cellphone violations
- 95 seatbelt violations
- 124 for speeding
- 38 for disobeying stop lights/signs
- 125 various other infractions
One person also faces drug-related charges arising from the seizure of 15.5 pounds of marijuana and six ounces of cocaine from his vehicle. Law enforcement had initially pulled the vehicle over for speeding during the STEP event in Kindersley. Of the 412 tickets issued, 178 resulted from STEP.
Last month's province-wide blitz, Operation Overdrive, targeted impaired driving and resulted in a total of 356 tickets.
Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI) is the province's self-sustaining auto insurance fund. SGI operates 21 claims centres and five salvage centres across Saskatchewan with a head office in Regina. SGI also works with a network of over 400 motor licence issuers across the province. Customers can now do some transactions online. Look for the MySGI link under Online Services on your motor licence issuer's website or SGI's website.
For more information about the drug bust, contact Cpl. Rob King with the RCMP at 306-780-3827.
Any media looking for local results for Operation Hang Up, Buckle Up are encouraged to contact their community’s law enforcement agency.
Manager of Media Relations
Saskatchewan Government Insurance